Cape Coral lies in the Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The city is separated from Fort Myers by the Caloosahatchee River. Tampa is 190 km away and Miami 230 km.

Cape Coral, one of the safest cities in the USA, is a peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico. 650 km of canals run through the area, which is why Cape Coral is known as the “Venice of America”. Some of the canals have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, making it even more ideal for boat enthusiasts. This virtue has helped Cape Coral to achieve world fame.

Cape Coral is a young city by European standards. The boom began in the late 1950s. In 1957 the “Gulf American Land Corporation” was founded by two brothers called Leonard and Jack Rosen – they owned land north of the Caloosahatchee River and set to work converting it into a true “waterway wonderland”. Fallow land and grasslands were crisscrossed by canals and roads. In total, Cape Coral now offers 400 miles (640 km) of waterways and canals, some of which have access to the Gulf of Mexico.

The first houses were built in 1958. The town grew rapidly thanks to an active advertising campaign, although many homebuyers soon found out that the highly-recommended land was miles away from all of the local amenities and therefore basically worthless. Others had more luck, or informed themselves more thoroughly before buying, and were able to enjoy a piece of land whose value has multiplied over the years.

The Cape Coral Bridge connects the city with Fort Myers and was built in 1964. Another bridge was necessary due to high population growth – the Midpoint Bridge was completed in 1997 and has brought both cities even closer together.

The oldest part of Cape Coral, the Yacht Club on the southeast tip of the peninsula, was created in the 1960s. Other areas soon followed: The so-called Gold Coast in the east and the Pelican Area in the south.

Cape Coral was registered as a city in 1970. As of 2007, the city had nearly 170,000 inhabitants and in winter, thanks to the tourists and snowbirds (frozen Americans from the north who come to Florida to avoid the snow), about 20,000 more.